Cycling Tibet

Chris Froome Stood In The Sixth Position At The Volta a Catalunya

The 2013 Tour de France winner- Chris Froome (Team Sky) had to withdraw from the 2014 Tirreno-Adriatico due to a serious back injury. Along with that, it was decided that Chris Froome should not take any risks so that he can come back with a bang at the Volta a Catalunya which was starting on the 24th of March, 2014.

During the start of the tour, Chris Froome performed really well. He was actually able to reach the third position in the overall standing after third stage of the 2014 Volta a Catalunya was over on the 26th of March. It seemed that Froome had recovered appropriately from his injury.

Before the final stage of Volta a Catalunya, Chris Froome had reached the sixth position in the overall standing. Froome was of the opinion that he would obviously not win the final stage but he at least got the opportunity to engage in a good weeklong racing.

During the final stage, Froome could not improve his standing and remained in the sixth position. Lieuwe Westra (Team Astana) won the last stage and Chris Froome stood 13th in the final stage of the tour.

Chris Froome had actually mentioned earlier that the tour was more suitable for the likes of Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodriguez and this turned out to be true. 2014 Volta a Catalunya was won by the Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez (Team Katusha) and Alberto Contador (Team Tinkoff-Saxo) came second. Tejay Van Garderen (Team BMC Racing) stood third in the general classification.

According to Froome, racing under the influence of these harsh weather conditions has been a fun experience for him and he thinks this experience will help in the future races.

Overall the Volta a Catalunya 2014 was quite exciting as popular cyclists like Alberto Contador, Tejay Van Garderen etc performed exceptionally well.


Evans vows to make a comeback

Cadel Evans has taken a vow that he would return next year to win the Tour Down Under. After having finished in the second place just one second behind the winner Simon Gerrans, Evans was rather upset about the result. He has however managed to salvage an overall lead which will take him down to Adelaide for the World Tour.

Although Cadel Evans has been successful in the mountain climbs and brutal switchbacks in Europe his ability to crack his home roads is yet to be seen. The former Tour de France winner was agonizingly close to winning the Tour Down Under but unfortunately for him and all the fans he was short by just one second. The 800 km race has been proved to be a challenge for many but Evans was one of the most successful riders in this category. The loss that Evans has had to suffer in this championship might strike a comeback for this rider as he would be participating for the last time in Adelaide in the World Tour.

The Tour of Tasmania in 1998 was the last time he won anything in his home soil and that is why he is so upset. He was determined to win the championship this time but unfortunately he could not. In a prior interview Evans said that after Tour Down Under he would assess with his trainer and manager whether it would be good for him to participate in Giro d Italia which is scheduled to take place in May because he would be retiring from cycling after this year.

He is yet to decide whether he will be participating in this event or not and the fans are eagerly waiting for his decision. His manager and also his trainer has said that Evans will not be rushed for his retirement. If he thinks he will be able to participate and if he has the fitness then they would not stop him from doing what he wants.